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After Failing For Months To Agendize A Council Item To Oppose SB 9 and 10, CD 5 Councilwoman Mungo (With Councilmembers Price and Austin) Re-Agendize Last Week's Brown-Act Blocked Item To Urge Governor To Veto The Bills

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(Sept. 12, 2021, 7:00 p.m.) -- CD 5 Councilwoman Stacy Mungo has joined with Councilmembers Suzie Price and Al Austin, to reagendize their Brown-Act blocked and belated Sept. 14 Council item asking the Governor to veto SB 9 and SB 10.

SB 9, co-authored by former CD 1 Councilwoman now-state Senator Lena Gonzalez (D, LB-southeast LA County) would require (except in state defined historic districts) allowing four housing units on single family lots and prohibit requiring additional parking if the property is within half a mile of well-served public transit (including bus lines.)

SB 10 would let a City Council majority enact an ordinance allowing up to 10 housing unit buildings on single family lots within a half mile of transit.

Any Councilmember (or the Mayor who has no vote) could have agendized opposition to SB 9 and SB 10 "on any Tuesday." (The bills were introduced in Dec. 2020.)

For months, neighborhood groups -- including CD 5 constituents in The Eastside Voice (recent coverage here) and the Lakewood Village Neighborhood Ass'n -- pleaded with Councilmembers to agenda opposition SB 9. None did.

Councilwoman Mungo used her Sept. 3 "Neighborly News" to headline an item she titled "Housing Bills: Opposing SB-9 & SB-10" on this link. Coouncilwoman Mungo advised her constituents to voice their views to Sacramento lawmakers...despite the fact the Assembly and state Senate had already voted in late August to pass both SB 9 and SB 10 and send them to Governor Newsom.

"They are your elected State representatives -- they are the ones who sit on committees, mold State legislation with their colleagues, and eventually vote yes or no. Thatís why itís so important that your State representatives hear directly from you," Councilwoman advised her constituents after state lawmakers had already voted on the bills.

To see the dates and recorded votes of state Senators and Assemblymembers on SB 9 and SB 10 click here.

There's no record of Councilwoman Mungo having used her previous "Neighborly News" mass emailings to alert constituents to SB 9 or SB 10 or to take action against the bills on her own as they advanced.

LB's Council incumbents effectively let the bills advance through the entire Assembly and state Senate voting process to the Governor's desk without City of LB opposition. The Governor can now let them become law without his signature, or veto them.

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Instead of agendizing an item to discuss and oppose SB 9, Councilwoman Mungo, joined by Councilmembers Supernaw, Austin and Uranga, agendized a July 20 City Council item asking city staff to report to the Council's "State Legislation Committee" on SB 9 and 10's local impacts. This took place after SB 9 had already passed the state Senate (with "yes" votes from co-author Gonzalez and state Senator Tom Umberg (D, SE LB-west OC.)

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The item effectively sought to shift the issue away from opposing SB 9 to instead debate whether SB 9 would or wouldn't affect LB neighborhoods. This parallels a defensive strategy pursued by SB 9 co-author state Senator Gonzalez who attempted to downplay her bill's local impacts in a presentation to ELB's Ranchos homeowners (LBREPORT.coverage here).

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SB 9 opponents responded by itemizing inaccuracies in Gonzalez's statements, but city staff didn't squarely address those in staff's August 25 PPT presentation to the Council's "State Legislation Committee." Staff provided no narrative memo. The PPT discussed multiple housing bills before devoting several PPT pages that (in our view) variously attempted to downplay local impacts of SB 9. Councilwoman Mungo then used her Sept. 3 Neighborly News to urge recipients to view city staff's stance for what she called "a clear picture of what's at stake."

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Bottom line: For months, every Council incumbent, including Councilwoman Mungo, could have agendized a Council item to oppose SB 9 and SB 10. None did. They let the bills advance through the entire Assembly and state Senate voting process without City of Long Beach opposition. SB 9 and SB 10 are now on the verge of becoming law with Mungo and two other Councilmembers belatedly agendizing an item urgin the Governor to veto them.


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